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2014 Seattle Design Festival Preview

The Seattle Design Festival begins next week and SDOT is thrilled to once again be a part of this exceptional celebration. In fact, this year’s theme, “Design in Motion,” could not be more fitting for SDOT’s involvement!

Design in Motion logo

The Seattle Design Festival is a two-week event that showcases innovations in design and facilitates discussion among design professionals, city leaders and the public. During these two weeks, we will be leading tours and giving presentations focused on cutting-edge approaches to activating public space, and featuring some of Seattle’s most exciting new public space projects. SDOT events to look out for during this year’s festival include:

TOURS  (be sure to RSVP for tours at the links below) –

Active Alleys: Redesigning for People – Saturday September 6, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Parklets by Bike – Saturday September 6, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

First Hill: Connecting People with Parks – Saturday September 13, Time TBD


Public Space in Motion: Perspectives on Change – Saturday September 13, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Seattle Public Library Central

When Tactical Urbanism Grows Up: Managing Public Space in Seattle – Saturday September 13, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM, Seattle Public Library Central

Shoreline Street Ends: Recapturing Small Spaces – Saturday September 13, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM, Seattle Public Library Central

Experiential Design by the Shore (an interactive workshop – please RSVP at the link to the left) – Sunday September 14, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 90th Place NE Shoreline Street End in the Matthews Beach neighborhood.


Then, on September 19, the final day of SDF2014, SDOT will host Seattle’s PARK(ing) Day from 9 AM to 3 PM. PARK(ing) Day is an international event in which people around the world temporarily convert parking spaces into small parks for public enjoyment.

Park(ing) Day image

To get a better idea of what PARK(ing) Day is all about, visit our PARK(ing) Day website. Then, if you’re feeling extra inspired and want to join the fun of PARK(ing) Day, download a free application to tell us about your plans. But hurry, the deadline to submit your application is this Friday, August 29! If instead, you’d just like to check out some or all of what PARK(ing) Day in Seattle has to offer, a map of the planned 2014 PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks will be available here about a week before the event.

We hope to see you at the festival!